Victoria in February 2010: Rainfall more than that usually received. Temperatures much warmer than normal.

Summary

Across the State of Victoria, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced. Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were also warmer than those registered in the past. Total rainfall for the month was generally more than that usually recorded.

Over the northern plains, minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced (average departure from normal 2.4C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were warmer than those registered in the past (average departure from normal 1.1C). Total rainfall for the month was generally much more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received during the past month 159.4%).

In southern districts, minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced (average departure from normal 2C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were warmer than those registered in the past (average departure from normal 1.4C). Total rainfall for the month was generally more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received during the past month 135.9%).

Rainfall

The wettest overall was 278.4 mm at Reeves Knob.

Some sites had their highest total February rainfall on record.

Some sites had their highest total February rainfall for at least 10 years.

The wettest single day 120.0 mm at Reeves Knob on the 15th.

Maximum temperature

The hottest day was 40.8 C at Kanagulk on the 10th.

The warmest days on average were 33.6 C at Hopetoun Airport, Mildura Airport, and also at Walpeup Research.

The coolest days on average were 16.0 C at Mount Hotham.

The coldest day was 8.4 C at Mount Hotham on the 15th.

Some sites had their highest February mean daily maximum temperature for at least 10 years.

Minimum temperature

The coldest night was 1.0 C at Mount Baw Baw on the 23rd.

The coolest nights on average were 8.9 C at Mount Hotham.

The warmest nights on average were 19.0 C at Mildura Airport.

Some sites had their lowest February temperature on record.

Some sites had their warmest February night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.

Some sites had their highest February mean daily minimum temperature on record.

Some sites had their highest February mean daily minimum temperature for at least 10 years.

Wind

The strongest wind gust was 139 km/h at Hamilton Airport on the 9th.

Details

In the Mallee, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced (average departure from normal 2.6C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were much warmer than those registered in the past (average departure from normal 1.9C). Total rainfall for the month was generally close to that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received during the past month 91%).

Specifically, at Mildura, which is on the Murray River in the Sunraysia fruitgrowing district, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 19C (departure from normal 2.6C). Daytime maximum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 33.6C (departure from normal 2C). Total rainfall for the month was 19.6 mm, this being close to that usually recorded (normal 19.6 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 100%).

In the Wimmera, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced (average departure from normal 2.1C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were warmer than those registered in the past (average departure from normal 1.1C). Total rainfall for the month was generally slightly more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received during the past month 122%).

Some 300 kilometres to the south of Mildura in the State's Wimmera district, Horsham is an agricultural town that is the hub of a region that produces a quarter of Victoria's wheat and barley. Here, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 14.3C (departure from normal 2.1C). Daytime maximum temperatures were slightly warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 31.3C (departure from normal 0.9C). Total rainfall for the month was 37 mm, this being much more than that usually recorded (normal 22.8 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 162%).

In the Northern Country, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced (average departure from normal 2.6C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were warmer than those registered in the past (average departure from normal 1.4C). Total rainfall for the month was generally slightly more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received during the past month 126.5%).

At Bendigo, which is the State's second largest inland city, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 16.4C (departure from normal 2.3C). Daytime maximum temperatures were slightly warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 30.3C (departure from normal 0.9C). Total rainfall for the month was 43.6 mm, this being much more than that usually recorded (normal 27.2 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 160%).

In Victoria's North Central District, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced (average departure from normal 2.2C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were warmer than those registered in the past (average departure from normal 1.4C). Total rainfall for the month was generally more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received during the past month 143%).

At Maryborough, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 15.2C (departure from normal 2C). Daytime maximum temperatures were warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 29.9C (departure from normal 1.2C). Total rainfall for the month was 57.4 mm, this being much more than that usually recorded (normal 32.6 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 176%).

In the North East District, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced (average departure from normal 2.6C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were near to those registered in the past (average departure from normal 0.4C). Total rainfall for the month was generally much more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received during the past month 262.7%).

At Rutherglen, which is located just 10 kilometres from the Murray River on Lake King, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 17C (departure from normal 3.2C). Daytime maximum temperatures were near to those usually experienced and averaged 31C (departure from normal 0.2C). Total rainfall for the month was 120.6 mm, this being much more than that usually recorded (normal 35.7 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 338%).

Straddling the NSW Victorian border, not far from the shores of Lake Hume, are the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga. Here, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 18.8C (departure from normal 2.7C). Daytime maximum temperatures were near to those usually experienced and averaged 31.1C (departure from normal -0.1C). Total rainfall for the month was 72.2 mm, this being much more than that usually recorded (normal 38.1 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 190%).

Located in the heart of Victoria's alpine region, at about 1800 metres above sea level, is Mount Buller. Here, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 10.7C (departure from normal 1.9C). Daytime maximum temperatures were slightly warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 18C (departure from normal 1C). Total precipitation for the month was 173.2 mm, this being much more than that usually recorded (normal 66.5 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 260%).

In East Gippsland, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced (average departure from normal 1.9C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were slightly warmer than those registered in the past (average departure from normal 0.7C). Total rainfall for the month was generally much more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received during the past month 235.5%).

At the popular tourist destination of Mallacoota, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 17.1C (departure from normal 1.6C). Daytime maximum temperatures were near to those usually experienced and averaged 24.3C (departure from normal 0.4C). Total rainfall for the month was 156.2 mm, this being much more than that usually recorded (normal 63.2 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 247%).

In West Gippsland, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced (average departure from normal 2.4C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were warmer than those registered in the past (average departure from normal 1.2C). Total rainfall for the month was generally slightly more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received during the past month 129.5%).

At Sale, located in the east of the Latrobe Valley, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 15.2C (departure from normal 2.1C). Daytime maximum temperatures were slightly warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 26C (departure from normal 0.7C). Total rainfall for the month was 68 mm, this being much more than that usually recorded (normal 41.7 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 163%).

In the Central District, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced (average departure from normal 2.1C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were much warmer than those registered in the past (average departure from normal 1.7C). Total rainfall for the month was generally slightly less than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received during the past month 72.7%).

Some 20 kilometres northwest of the Melbourne city centre, is Melbourne Airport. Here, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 15.9C (departure from normal 1.8C). Daytime maximum temperatures were warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 27.8C (departure from normal 1.3C). Total rainfall for the month was 35.4 mm, this being slightly less than that usually recorded (normal 42.1 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 84%).

In the Western District, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced (average departure from normal 1.9C). Daytime maximum temperatures at most localities were much warmer than those registered in the past (average departure from normal 2C). Total rainfall for the month was generally more than that usually recorded (average percentage of normal received during the past month 137.5%).

At Ballarat, which is the State's largest inland city, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 13.6C (departure from normal 2.2C). Daytime maximum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 27.1C (departure from normal 2.1C). Total rainfall for the month was 26 mm, this being less than that usually recorded (normal 43 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 60%).

In the far southwest of the State, at Casterton, which is a small township nestled amongst rolling hills through which meanders the Glenelg River, overnight minimum temperatures were warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 13.6C (departure from normal 1.5C). Daytime maximum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 29.1C (departure from normal 1.8C). Total rainfall for the month was 52.8 mm, this being much more than that usually recorded (normal 24.6 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 215%).

Melbourne climate summary for the past month

Rainfall slightly more than that usually received.

Located in the Central District at the head of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne, Victoria's State Capital, experienced overnight minimum temperatures that were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 18.2C (departure from normal 3.6C). Daytime maximum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 28.2C (departure from normal 2.4C). Total rainfall for the month was 57.8 mm, this being slightly more than that usually recorded (normal 47.3 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 122%).


Selected Melbourne suburbs

In the suburb of Essendon, which is located some 15 kilometres to the northwest of the city centre, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 16.4C (departure from normal 2.7C). Daytime maximum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 28C (departure from normal 2.5C). Total rainfall for the month was 38.6 mm, this being slightly less than that usually recorded (normal 45.5 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 85%).

The suburb of Laverton is located some 30 kilometres to the southwest of the city centre, and is often under the drying influence of the rain shadow from the ranges of western Victoria. Here, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 16.5C (departure from normal 2.4C). Daytime maximum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 27.3C (departure from normal 1.8C). Total rainfall for the month was 27.2 mm, this being less than that usually recorded (normal 45.5 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 60%).

In the suburb of Bundoora, which is located some 20 kilometres to the northeast of the city centre, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 16.2C (departure from normal 2.1C). Daytime maximum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 28.6C (departure from normal 1.9C). Total rainfall for the month was 35.2 mm, this being slightly less than that usually recorded (normal 40.6 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 87%).

In the suburb of Moorabbin, which is located some 20 kilometres to the southeast of the city centre, overnight minimum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 16.3C (departure from normal 2.1C). Daytime maximum temperatures were much warmer than those usually experienced and averaged 27.9C (departure from normal 1.9C). Total rainfall for the month was 32.4 mm, this being slightly less than that usually recorded (normal 43.6 mm, percentage of normal received during the past month 74%).

Synoptic patterns

During February, Victoria is usually in a "col" region between anticyclones located over the Tasman Sea and to the south of the Bight. Usually, this has a stabilising influence on the State's weather. During February 2010, the Tasman Sea anticyclone was much stronger than usual, and located further south than usual, whilst the Bight anticyclone was hardly evident. This resulted in in February 2010 being wetter and warmer than usual as the Tasman Sea anticyclone directed an anomalous humid E to NE flow across Victoria.

One of the most interesting synoptic events occurred following a cold frontal passage on the 12th. A low formed in the easterly dip left in its wake over NSW. This system intensified over the next few days as it moved towards the Tasman Sea. The resulting moist and strengthening SE flow, which became established over Victoria, resulted in record rainfall totals for this time of the year at a number of places in Gippsland and about the NE ranges.

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Extremes in February 2010
Hottest day 40.8 C at Kanagulk on the 10th
Warmest days on average 33.6 C at Hopetoun Airport
33.6 C at Mildura Airport
33.6 C at Walpeup Research
Coolest days on average 16.0 C at Mount Hotham
Coldest day 8.4 C at Mount Hotham on the 15th
Coldest night 1.0 C at Mount Baw Baw on the 23rd
Coolest nights on average 8.9 C at Mount Hotham
Warmest nights on average 19.0 C at Mildura Airport
Wettest overall 278.4 mm at Reeves Knob
Wettest day 120.0 mm at Reeves Knob on the 15th
Highest wind gust 139 km/h at Hamilton Airport on the 9th

Record highest total February rainfall
Total rainfall
for February 2010 (mm)
Previous highest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Tubbut 170.8 166.6 in 2007 66 52.7
Burrowye Station 136.6 119.4 in 1974 41 43.8
Mount Buller 173.2 128.2 in 1950 27 66.5
Falls Creek 198.8 159.2 in 2002 17 75.4
Mortlake Racecourse 78.8 70.4 in 2005 16 33.3
Mount Hotham 201.0 190.4 in 1996 16 85.1
Mount Tamboritha 174.6 131.6 in 1996 16 68.2
Avon River at Stratford 107.4 87.4 in 2008 10 51.1
Bet Bet Ck @ Bet Bet 52.6 52.0 in 2005 10 19.9
Buchan (Snowy River at D/S Basin Creek) 137.8 90.4 in 2007 10 46.0
Bullumwaal 137.8 127.2 in 2005 10 61.4
Campaspe River @ Redesdale 102.6 73.8 in 2002 10 34.4
Dargo River @ Lower Dargo Road 127.2 91.2 in 2005 10 50.9
Dinner Plain (Mount Hotham Airport) 152.8 131.2 in 2002 10 73.8
Elmore (Campaspe River @ Campaspe Weir H 61.8 56.0 in 2005 10 23.6
Gibbo River @ Gibbo Park 168.2 108.6 in 2001 10 71.4
Lima South (Broken River at Moorngag) 105.4 37.4 in 2002 10 27.6
Macalister River @ Glencairn 126.2 83.0 in 2005 10 47.2
Major Creek @ Graytown 79.8 66.0 in 2005 10 26.5
Mitchell River @ Glenaladale 192.6 107.4 in 2005 10 71.6
Mitta Mitta River @ Hinnomunjie 147.6 93.6 in 2005 10 50.7
Narracan Ck at Thorpdale 107.0 102.6 in 2005 10 48.8
Orbost 140.2 138.6 in 2007 10 68.6
Seaton (Glenmaggie Ck @ The Gorge) 140.8 122.8 in 2007 10 69.9
Snowy Creek at Granite Flat 116.8 116.4 in 2001 10 62.6
Traralgon Creek at Koornalla 80.8 71.6 in 2005 10 42.6
Wonnagatta River @ Waterford 136.8 133.6 in 2008 10 68.8
Wonnangatta River @ Crooked River 107.0 98.6 in 2007 10 44.9

Highest total February rainfall for at least 10 years
Total rainfall
for February 2010 (mm)
Most recent higher
for February
Years since
higher
Average for
February
Koetong 122.8 142.0 in 1946 55 55.4
Dellicknora (Tellicura) 152.0 193.2 in 1958 52 59.3
Point Hicks (Lighthouse) 162.8 198.1 in 1971 39 58.3
Glenthompson 91.2 97.9 in 1972 38 30.7
Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse 94.8 166.9 in 1973 37 45.9
Raywood 103.0 203.7 in 1973 36 30.4
Willaura (Main Street) 94.2 119.6 in 1973 35 33.8
Coleraine Hospital 45.2 53.6 in 1990 20 26.6
Heathcote 64.6 86.2 in 1990 20 34.6
Apollo Bay 135.0 201.7 in 1990 19 50.4
Penshurst (Post Office) 65.6 82.6 in 1990 19 33.8
Cape Otway Lighthouse 115.0 154.6 in 1990 18 42.2
Dartmouth Reservoir 124.8 146.0 in 1994 16 51.5
Ensay 135.6 184.2 in 1994 16 54.9
Swifts Creek 106.4 219.7 in 1994 15 49.2
Falls Creek (Rocky Valley) 165.2 180.6 in 1996 14 88.5
Lindenow 98.4 186.0 in 1994 14 47.8
Maffra 95.4 198.8 in 1994 14 53.9
Blackwood 93.2 98.2 in 1996 11 53.1
Casterton Showgrounds 52.8 63.4 in 1999 11 24.6
Foster Hoddle 81.2 104.4 in 1996 11 45.2
Morwell (Latrobe Valley Airport) 63.8 67.0 in 1998 11 40.2
Archerton 111.4 162.8 in 1996 10 54.2




Highest February mean daily maximum temperature for at least 10 years
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for February 2010 (C)
Most recent higher
for February
Years since
higher
Average for
February
Gabo Island Lighthouse 23.3 23.5 in 1983 27 21.5



Record highest February daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in February 2010 (C)
Previous highest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Noojee (Slivar) 23.9 on the 21st 20.8 on the 9th in 1997 27 10.9
Coldstream 23.8 on the 21st 22.7 on the 5th in 2000 16 11.8



Record lowest February temperature
Lowest temperature
in February 2010 (C)
Previous lowest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Warrnambool Airport NDB 4.4 on the 24th 4.5 on the 28th in 2004 12 12.2



Record highest February mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for February 2010 (C)
Previous highest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Gabo Island Lighthouse 18.1 = 18.1 in 1918 130 16.2
Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse 17.4 17.1 in 2007 129 14.8
Lake Eildon 15.5 = 15.5 in 2000 39 12.6
Strathbogie 14.3 14.2 in 1997 32 11.6
Bairnsdale Airport 15.7 14.7 in 2007 28 12.7
Noojee (Slivar) 13.5 = 13.5 in 1997 26 10.9
Wangaratta Aero 17.0 16.0 in 1994 22 13.6
Gelantipy 13.5 13.2 in 2007 17 11.3
Albury Airport AWS 18.8 18.7 in 2007 16 16.1
Mallacoota 17.1 16.8 in 2007 16 15.5
Shepparton Airport 17.2 17.0 in 1997 13 14.7

Highest February mean daily minimum temperature for at least 10 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for February 2010 (C)
Most recent higher
for February
Years since
higher
Average for
February
Orbost (Comparison) 15.5 16.3 in 1971 37 13.4
East Sale Airport 15.2 15.5 in 1981 29 13.1
Rutherglen Research 17.0 17.2 in 1983 27 13.8
Bendigo Airport 16.4 16.7 in 1997 13 14.1
Kyabram DPI 17.4 18.0 in 1997 13 14.7
Redesdale 15.3 15.8 in 1997 13 13.2
Tatura Inst Sustainable Ag 17.0 17.1 in 1997 13 14.3
Yarrawonga 18.4 18.9 in 1997 13 15.6
Castlemaine Prison 15.8 16.3 in 2000 10 13.4
Kerang 17.9 18.1 in 2000 10 15.1
Swan Hill Aerodrome 17.9 18.2 in 2000 10 15.8
Wallan (Kilmore Gap) 14.2 14.7 in 2000 10 12.5



Summary statistics for February 2010
Maximum temperatures
for February
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for February
(C)
Rainfall
for February
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2010
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2010
Mean for
February
2010
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2010
Total for
February
2010
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2010
Fraction of
February
average
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 31.1 -0.1 38.2 1st 18.8 +2.7 12.5 23rd 72.2 38.1 high 190%
North Mallee (district 76)
Mildura Airport 33.6 +2.0 39.3 11th 19.0 +2.6 13.0 23rd 19.6 19.6 average 100%
Ouyen (Post Office) 33.3 +1.8 40.0 10th 17.8 +2.6 10.4 23rd 19.2 23.5 average 82%
Walpeup Research 33.6 +2.4 39.1 10th 17.5 +2.2 8.8 23rd 17.4 23.7 average 73%
South Mallee (district 77)
Hopetoun Airport 33.6   40.1 10th 16.6   7.5 23rd 10.6
Swan Hill Aerodrome 33.4 +1.2 39.8 11th 17.9 +2.1 10.2 23rd 24.8 22.7 average 109%
North Wimmera (district 78)
Nhill Aerodrome 31.6   38.9 10th 15.0   6.8 23rd 25.2
Warracknabeal Museum 31.9 +1.2 38.8 10th 16.2 +2.1 8.0 23rd 17.0 20.8 average 82%
South Wimmera (district 79)
Edenhope Airport 30.1   39.2 10th 14.5   7.5 23rd 64.4
Grampians (Mount William) 20.6   30.5 10th 10.5   3.5 23rd 78.4
Horsham Aerodrome 31.3 +0.9 38.1 10th 14.3 +2.1 5.1 23rd 37.0 22.8 high 162%
Horsham Polkemmet Rd 31.1 +1.3 38.6 10th 13.9 +0.6 5.9 23rd 21.4 24.7 average 87%
Kanagulk 30.5   40.8 10th 14.1   8.0 24th
Longerenong 31.7 +1.8 39.9 10th 15.1 +2.0 7.1 23rd 47.6 23.3 high 204%
Pyrenees (Ben Nevis) 24.3   33.9 10th 13.2   5.3 23rd 51.4
Stawell Aerodrome 29.9 +1.3 38.1 10th 15.4 +1.9 11.0 25th 41.2 30.7 average 134%
Lower North (district 80)
Charlton 32.8   39.3 10th 17.0   8.8 23rd 4.4
Echuca Aerodrome 31.9 +1.3 38.4 21st 17.6 +2.4 9.9 23rd 40.6 26.2 high 155%
Kerang 32.9 +1.8 40.1 11th 17.9 +2.8 10.4 23rd 21.8 23.4 average 93%
Kyabram DPI 31.3 +1.5 38.2 21st 17.4 +2.7 8.8 23rd 60.4 25.9 high 233%
Upper North (district 81)
Bendigo Airport 30.3 +0.9 36.6 10th 16.4 +2.3 10.1 16th 43.6 27.2 average 160%
Shepparton Airport 31.3 +0.2 36.8 21st 17.2 +2.5 9.9 23rd 75.0 34.1 high 220%
Tatura Inst Sustainable Ag 30.6 +1.1 37.0 21st 17.0 +2.7 10.9 23rd 47.4 31.9 high 149%
Yarrawonga 31.9 +0.4 38.7 1st 18.4 +2.8 11.0 23rd 67.6 37.1 high 182%
Lower Northeast (district 82)
Beechworth Woolshed 30.3 +0.2 37.7 1st 15.6 +2.5 8.1 23rd
Benalla Airport 31.2   38.1 1st 17.0   10.6 23rd 92.7
Corryong Airport 30.4   37.0 1st 15.7   9.8 24th 121.9
Dartmouth Reservoir 28.5 -0.8 34.3 1st 15.5 +1.9 10.4 24th 124.8 51.5 v high 242%
Hunters Hill 24.6 -0.6 32.4 1st 14.9 +1.0 8.7 23rd 154.2 60.6 high 254%
Rutherglen Research 31.0 +0.2 38.2 1st 17.0 +3.2 9.5 24th 120.6 35.7 v high 338%
Strathbogie 27.6 +0.3 33.2 9th 14.3 +2.7 8.6 24th 114.4 43.2 v high 265%
Wangaratta Aero 31.3 +0.4 37.8 1st 17.0 +3.4 10.6 24th 96.2 41.3 high 233%
Upper Northeast (district 83)
Dinner Plain (Mount Hotham Airport) 21.2   27.7 9th 9.7   1.5 24th 152.8 73.8 highest 207%
Falls Creek 17.4 +0.2 23.2 2nd 9.5 +1.1 2.4 23rd 198.8 75.4 highest 264%
Mount Buller 18.0 +1.0 23.8 2nd 10.7 +1.9 4.6 23rd 173.2 66.5 highest 260%
Mount Hotham 16.0 +0.1 22.6 2nd 8.9 +0.9 1.1 23rd 201.0 85.1 highest 236%
Omeo 24.8   32.7 9th 12.8   5.5 18th
East Gippsland (district 84)
Combienbar AWS 24.6 +0.2 33.6 21st 15.1 +1.9 8.6 23rd 209.6 95.4 high 220%
Gabo Island Lighthouse 23.3 +1.8 30.0 21st 18.1 +1.9 13.8 24th 150.2 68.3 v high 220%
Gelantipy 22.7 -0.2 29.5 11th 13.5 +2.2 6.7 25th 157.4 69.1 high 228%
Lakes Entrance (Eastern Beach Road) 23.8   33.2 20th 15.9   8.6 25th 86.2
Mallacoota 24.3 +0.4 36.2 21st 17.1 +1.6 9.8 24th 156.2 63.2 v high 247%
Mount Nowa Nowa 25.2 +0.8 33.3 2nd 15.4 +1.3 11.1 6th 104.6 69.3 average 151%
Orbost 25.9   35.0 21st 16.1   9.0 25th 140.2 68.6 highest 204%
Orbost (Comparison) 26.4 +1.0 35.3 21st 15.5 +2.1 7.1 25th 133.0 59.3 v high 224%
Point Hicks (Lighthouse) 24.4 +0.7 33.1 21st 16.9 +0.8 12.5 24th 162.8 58.3 v high 279%
West Gippsland (district 85)
Bairnsdale Airport 26.3 +0.9 33.7 21st 15.7 +3.0 8.4 25th 91.0 49.7 high 183%
East Sale Airport 26.0 +0.7 32.8 20th 15.2 +2.1 7.6 24th 68.0 41.7 high 163%
Morwell (Latrobe Valley Airport) 28.0 +1.5 35.0 9th 14.9 +2.2 6.6 24th 63.8 40.2 high 159%
Mount Baw Baw 16.8 +0.1 22.8 1st 9.7 +1.6 1.0 23rd 159.0 94.3 high 169%
Mount Moornapa 25.4 +0.9 34.1 21st 14.8 +1.4 9.7 24th 135.4 71.7 high 189%
Noojee (Slivar) 26.9 +1.7 34.2 10th 13.5 +2.6 6.3 24th 53.4 55.9 average 96%
Pound Creek 26.9   35.1 20th 14.6   6.4 24th 38.0
Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse 22.1 +1.6 30.8 20th 17.4 +2.6 14.3 23rd 94.8 45.9 v high 207%
Yarram Airport 25.4   34.0 20th 15.1   6.0 24th 77.8
East Central (district 86)
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 28.6 +1.9 35.5 9th 16.2 +2.1 9.0 24th 35.2 40.6 average 87%
Cerberus 26.4 +1.5 33.9 20th 15.7 +1.6 7.8 24th 22.8 35.8 average 64%
Coldstream 29.1 +1.6 36.0 9th 13.7 +1.9 4.2 24th 56.4 48.5 average 116%
Coldstream Comparison 29.0   36.0 9th 13.6   4.1 24th 56.4
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens 27.2 +1.7 35.1 2nd 15.5 +1.6 9.8 25th 38.9 53.9 average 72%
Essendon Airport 28.0 +2.5 36.1 3rd 16.4 +2.7 9.7 24th 38.6 45.5 average 85%
Ferny Creek (Dunns Hill) 23.4 +1.1 30.4 9th 14.3 +1.7 8.5 23rd 46.2 67.1 average 69%
Melbourne Airport 27.8 +1.3 35.6 8th 15.9 +1.8 9.1 24th 35.4 42.1 average 84%
Melbourne Regional Office 28.2 +2.4 35.3 8th 18.2 +3.6 12.7 24th 57.8 47.3 high 122%
Moorabbin Airport 27.9 +1.9 36.2 2nd 16.3 +2.1 8.7 25th 32.4 43.6 average 74%
Rhyll 25.6 +1.4 32.7 26th 17.5 +1.8 13.2 24th 29.0 38.1 average 76%
Scoresby Research Institute 28.5 +2.1 36.0 9th 15.6 +1.8 7.3 24th 27.0 50.7 average 53%
Viewbank (ARPANSA) 28.7 +1.4 36.3 9th 16.1 +1.6 8.6 24th 33.6 42.7 average 79%
Wallan (Kilmore Gap) 24.8 +0.4 32.9 8th 14.2 +1.7 7.9 23rd 81.2 47.6 high 171%
Wonthaggi 26.4 +1.9 33.7 20th 15.2 +1.9 9.1 25th 53.8 45.4 high 119%
West Central (district 87)
Avalon Airport 27.7 +1.6 36.4 20th 15.8 +1.5 9.3 24th 24.8 31.3 average 79%
Grovedale (Geelong Airport) 25.9 +1.1 36.1 20th 15.2 +1.7 8.3 24th 31.8 29.8 average 107%
Laverton RAAF 27.3 +1.8 35.3 20th 16.5 +2.4 9.6 24th 27.2 45.5 average 60%
Sheoaks 27.1 +1.9 36.1 2nd 14.0 +1.3 7.1 24th 22.0 36.8 low 60%
North Central (district 88)
Castlemaine Prison 28.3 -0.1 35.1 10th 15.8 +2.4 8.2 23rd 58.4 32.6 high 179%
Eildon Fire Tower 26.9 0.0 33.6 2nd 15.3 +1.7 7.7 23rd 63.8 35.3 high 181%
Lake Eildon 30.2 +1.2 36.5 3rd 15.5 +2.9 7.5 24th 113.2 41.5 v high 273%
Mangalore Airport 30.8 +1.6 36.9 21st 16.6 +2.4 11.4 24th 36.4 33.0 average 110%
Maryborough 29.9 +1.2 36.9 10th 15.2 +2.0 9.3 23rd 57.4 32.6 high 176%
Redesdale 29.3 +0.6 36.0 8th 15.3 +2.1 7.8 23rd 74.0 36.6 high 202%
Western Plains (district 89)
Ararat Prison 28.8 +1.8 37.7 10th 13.4 +2.2 6.1 23rd 47.0 32.7 high 144%
Ballarat Aerodrome 27.1 +2.1 35.0 8th 13.6 +2.2 6.6 23rd 26.0 43.0 average 60%
Westmere 28.7   37.6 10th 12.4   4.3 24th 47.6
West Coast (district 90)
Aireys Inlet 23.5 +0.6 34.5 20th 16.1 +1.6 11.1 23rd 41.6 37.0 high 112%
Cape Nelson Lighthouse 22.1 +0.9 35.4 20th 16.2 +1.2 14.0 28th 38.2 23.5 high 163%
Cape Otway Lighthouse 21.7 +0.1 33.1 20th 15.6 +1.7 12.8 23rd 115.0 42.2 v high 273%
Casterton 28.5   38.3 2nd 13.7   5.8 23rd 57.6
Casterton Showgrounds 29.1 +1.8 38.0 8th 13.6 +1.5 6.9 24th 52.8 24.6 v high 215%
Colac (Mount Gellibrand) 27.0   35.9 10th 14.0   7.6 23rd 37.6 32.7 high 115%
Dartmoor 27.5   38.6 2nd 13.3   6.4 24th 50.0
Hamilton Airport 28.4 +1.8 38.1 2nd 12.8 +1.7 6.2 24th 54.2 24.2 high 224%
Mortlake Racecourse 27.8 +1.7 37.5 2nd 12.9 +1.4 4.6 24th 78.8 33.3 highest 237%
Port Fairy AWS 23.3 +0.4 37.2 20th 15.3 +0.9 10.3 24th 62.0 28.8 high 215%
Portland (Cashmore Airport) 23.5 +1.1 34.6 20th 14.0 +1.4 8.3 24th 44.8 26.0 high 172%
Warrnambool Airport NDB 25.9 +1.2 37.2 3rd 13.6 +1.4 4.4 24th 52.6 33.6 high 157%
Weeaproinah 22.0 +1.6 31.8 10th 13.1 +1.8 8.0 24th 144.2 86.6 high 167%

Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Victoria using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. Later information, including data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review, usually published in the fourth week of the month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Monday 1 March 2010. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages are long-term means based on observations from all available years of record, which vary widely from site to site. They are not shown for sites with less than 10 years of record, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.
The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of long-term average rain.

The Rank indicates how rainfall this time compares with the climate record for the site, based on the decile ranking (very low rainfall is in decile 1, low in decile 2 or 3, average in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9 and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of average shows how much rain has fallen this time as a percentage of the long-term mean.

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